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Penguins' Crosby could miss 1 week

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will miss Thursday night's game against Tampa Bay due to an upper-body injury.

The team disclosed the injury on Wednesday when Crosby skipped practice. Crosby worked out before his teammates hit the ice on Thursday for their pregame skate. Coach Mike Sullivan declined to offer specifics on the nature of Crosby's issue but said it's not concussion-related.

Sullivan said there's a chance Crosby could be out for about a week.


Preds' Watson to return from suspension

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Forward Austin Watson has been reinstated to the Predators' roster after serving an 18-game suspension for domestic abuse, and he issued a statement apologizing to everyone for the June incident that cost him the start of the season.

Watson issued the statement Wednesday through the NHL Players' Association thanking his family, friends and the Nashville Predators for their continued support.


'Hawks stop 8-game slide, beat Blues 1-0

CHICAGO (AP) The game puck for his first NHL win meant something to Jeremy Colliton.

The relief for his players meant a lot more.


Chiarot snaps tie in 3rd, Jets down Caps

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Ben Chiarot wanted to play well against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

The defenceman did just that by scoring the tiebreaking goal with 7:09 left in the third period to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.


Avs score 4 in 3rd to rally past Bruins

DENVER (AP) Mikko Rantanen got an assist for setting up the go-ahead goal. Nathan MacKinnon wanted to give him something more - full credit.

"All Mikko there," he said.


Eakin scores 2, Fleury blanks Ducks

LAS VEGAS (AP) Last season, Cody Eakin didn't score his seventh goal until Feb. 21. He did it more than three months earlier this time.

Eakin scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots for his third shutout, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-0 Wednesday night.


Pens send Hagelin to Kings for Pearson

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded forward Carl Hagelin to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Tanner Pearson.

The teams announced the trade Wednesday.


Pens give GM Rutherford 3-year extension

PITTSBURGH (AP) General manager Jim Rutherford is sticking with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The team announced Wednesday it has extended Rutherford's contract through the 2021-22 season. His old deal was set to expire at the end of this season.


Preds may have NHL's best goalie combo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Pekka Rinne is off to an even better start than last season when he finally won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie, and backup Juuse Saros ranks among the league's top 10 for victories.

With both goalies now signed to contract extensions, the Nashville Predators may have the best goalie situation both on and off the ice.


Thornton scores 400th, Sharks edge Preds

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) On a night when he reached an impressive personal milestone, Joe Thornton wasn't taking stock of his career accomplishments.

The veteran San Jose Sharks center even bristled when asked about it.

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